31.01.2018 NET4GAS Closer to Nature is primarily known as a programme that unlocks interesting sites of nature for the general public by building educational trails, observation decks, and other diverse infrastructure. Alongside the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, the programme thus compels citizens to venture into the great outdoors in ways that are at once entertaining and educational. Beyond that, the Closer to Nature programme also supports concrete measures aimed at the protection of nature and landscapes in practice. The projects completed in the course of last year beautifully illustrate the range of what conservationists have been able to achieve (often in their spare time) thanks to the programme.
25.11.2017 One of the attractive parts of the Kokořínsko quarry is Harasov, a water reservoir on the Pšovka hemmed in by a rock face. This place, and the village of Bosyně, about 3.5 km away, are now connected via a new educational trail, "Poklady Harasova" (Treasures of Harasov), designed to highlight a number of local 'secrets' and to captivate and entertain the entire family. This trail marks the 86th addition to Closer to Nature, the joint programme of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and NET4GAS.
20.11.2017 Let us invite you on Saturday 25 November at 11 am to take a walk along the trail of the Treasures of Harasov, associated with its opening ceremony. The guided tour through the new interactive boards will be accompanied with games for children. The whole walk is about 3 km long. Event start: Harasov at the pond dam; 50.4110889N, 14.5705858E.
Closer to Nature Christmas Quiz
14.11.2017 Compete and win a Christmas gift from the NET4GAS Close to Nature program! Just answer ten quiz questions correctly and a tent, backpack, sleeping bag or annual subscription to Naše příroda magazine can become your Christmas gift from us. The quiz lasts from 14 November to 14 December 2017 and everyone can participate. For more details, please visit the section "Soutěžte s námi!" in the Czech version of this website. The quiz is in Czech only.
31.10.2017 In the very heart of Třebíč lies a green oasis amidst historical buildings: the Hrádek Park (a hrádek being a little castle, but also an abandoned fortification). This park may newly pride itself on having an attractive education trail named "The Natural Treasures of the Hrádek Municipal Park", built by the local Kněžice Chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation in collaboration with the town of Třebíč, and under the auspices of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme. The trail is punctuated by five stations, presenting interesting content from natural science and history.
24.10.2017 New information boards will introduce the natural richness of the Hrádek Municipal Park in Třebíč. Come to their public opening on 31 October at 2 pm.
16.10.2017 Having once been the site of a restaurant for day-trippers, this area later served as military training grounds. Today, Kabát's Hill in Krnov again primarily belongs to Mother Nature, under the tireless stewardship (for the past eighteen years!) of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, i.e. more specifically, the members of the local chapter Levrekův ostrov.
09.10.2017 Come with us on Monday, October 16, at 2 pm and open with us the 84th Closer to Nature location, a new nature Trail Krnov Horky - Kabátův kopec.
30.09.2017 "Out here, life's no walk in the park – but it's worth living" – says Radomíra Kostuchová, breeder of the rare Hucul horse, and inhabitant, as she describes what living on the land entails. Hers is a magical place, with an intriguing history and invaluable natural treasures. That is why the ČSOP conservationists decided to showcase it to visitors: along with the help of locals, they have created an attractive new educational trail, which marks the 83rd site within the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme.
25.09.2017 The North Moravian Regional Association of ČSOP in Valašské Meziříčí cordially invites you to the official opening of the educational trail Vráblovy Paseky made accessible thanks to the NET4GAS Closer to Nature program, which will take place on Saturday 30 September.
Art competition "Paint and be Closer to Nature" again compels more than a hundred pupils to venture into the great outdoors
18.09.2017 This year has seen what is already the sixth instalment of the art competition "Paint and Be Closer to Nature", which NET4GAS organises for children in collaboration with the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP). At the beginning of the new school year, the authors of the winning entries in the three age categories, along with their classmates and their form teachers, embarked on a guided excursion into nature or visited a sanctuary for injured wildlife.
15.06.2017 Inquisitive tourists and well-informed locals may already have noticed that a new signpost has recently sprung up above the Křižany train station, along the trail to St. Christopher's Chapel, to show the way to the Solvay Quarry – a limestone quarry that has long been forgotten by most. This has changed thanks to the loving care of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and the considerable support from the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme: the site is newly accessible to the general public.
08.06.2017 Basic organization of ČSOP by the Protected Landscape Area of the Jizera Mountains invites you to the ceremonial opening of the 82nd Closet to Nature site at the Solvay Quarry above Křižany, where very interesting educational stops were created, together with a seating and a beautiful view of the landscape.
31.05.2017 At a loss as to where to go to unwind? We recommend seeking out a spot of nature. If you happen to be near Svitavy, pack your binoculars and check out “Dolní rybník” (the Lower Pond), where a new bird-watching platform has been built. We're confident that luck will smile upon you and you'll get to see captivating avian pond dwellers from the lookout point. Another NET4GAS Closer to Nature site (the first this year, and the 81st on an estimable and growing list) has come to be!
25.05.2017 Let us invite you to the opening ceremony of this year's first location, a new ornithological observation post on the Dolní rybník pond in Svitavy. It will be the 81st location opened within the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme. The event will take place on Wednesday 31 May from 2 pm. The meeting point is at the observation post, you can find GPS coordinates in the invitation.